A new climate change report commissioned by the UN illustrates a severe global crisis occurring as soon as 2040.
The main takeaway: we have, roughly, only 1,107 weeks of new music to enjoy before fleeing the coastlines and knowing things like "coral reefs" and "enough food" as realities. We can only hope to live long enough to reach a point where Lil Xan headlines are no longer a constant threat.
Time is fleeting, so let's enjoy some new songs. (If you'd prefer to enjoy them in a Spotify playlist, click here.)
Lil Baby, Gunna & Drake — “Never Recover”
Did Lil Baby and Gunna need to lean on another all-star showing from Drake and Tay Keith to close out Drip Harder? No. Is it the cherry on top of a joint project that showcases the duo's chemistry and cements each as a rising star? Yes. Bonus points for Baby’s consent bars.
Anderson .Paak — “Tints” ft. Kendrick Lamar
“Tints” is one of those songs that makes you want to lace up some Nike Cortez, move to Southern California, and ride around in a droptop eating elote all day.
Sheck Wes — “Vetements Socks”
MUDBOY, as polarizing as it’s turned out to be, sounds like a dimly lit, paranoid walk through a grimy subway. Haunting and propulsive, like the score of an ‘80s sci-fi movie, and submerged in numbing bass, it’s a transportive experience that feels unique to Sheck Wes. The glorious closer, “Vetements Socks,” is the moment of triumph after breaking out of the bunker, or pulling up in your tractor in $100 socks after living Fear Factor in Africa.
Chester Watson — “Floating”
“Messiah of the murky, only white on me my Stan Smiths / abnormal conjurer, acid vagabond / Gypsy might go cop a monster truck.” Wait until well after the witching hour and find a dark, candlelit room to listen to Chester Watson’s excellent new album Project 0.
Free Nationals — “Beauty & Essex” ft. Daniel Caesar & Unknown Mortal Orchestra
I’m a simple man. I see Daniel Caesar, I click. “Beauty & Essex” is a perfect end-of-summer dose of warm soul to take you into cuffing season from Anderson .Paak’s favorite band.
Key!, DRAM & Kenny Beats — “Time of My Life”
Whoa, Kenny! New rollies, blowjobs, threesomes—Key! and DRAM are having the time of their lives, and it really sounds like it.
Mozzy — “Walk With a Limp” ft. YFN Lucci
Lucci’s melodic warble turns out to be an excellent complement to Mozzy’s gravelly deadpan for a cross-country standout on the Sacramento rapper’s very West Coast album Gangland Landlord.
T.I. — “The Amazing Mr. Fuck Up” ft. Victoria Monét
Aging gracefully in trap is a difficult task. Gucci’s become predictable. Jeezy sounds like "Trap or Die" isn’t nearly as pressing a decision. And T.I., in his politically charged late career, is struggling to keep the interest of a more reckless youth market as he matures into a more thoughtful elder statesman. “The Amazing Mr. Fuck Up” isn’t a trap song, but it’s prime territory for T.I. at this stage of his life and career, a moving look back from a man who’s fucked up a few times here and there.
Dave East & Styles P — “Cut From a Different Cloth”
This week’s collab album not named Drip Harder is Beloved, a good ol’ fashioned New York rap affair. Dave East sounds inspired across from seasoned vet Styles P, who remains one of the most consistent voices in rap two and a half decades into his career.
IAMNOBODI — “Heaven” ft. Nick Grant, VanJess & Freddie Gibbs
LA-based producer IAMNOBODI grabs verses from Nick Grant and Freddie Gibbs and a silky hook from VanJess for an unexpected but completely satisfying collaboration.
Album of the Week:
Sheck Wes — MUDBOY
Meme of the Week:
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